Friday, September 18, 2009

Change I Believe In

Now, here's a policy change that I'm glad to see. Here is one of the concrete reasons I voted for Obama and continue to support his presidency. For those of you who've always been confused by my vote, the stop construction order of Ol' Dubya's ludicrous "missile sheild" in Eastern Eurpoe is a good demonstration of policies I support.

Now, I know a lot of right wing radio luncay will go on the air and say that this is just Obama leaving our nation defenseless, but these are the same knuckleheads who said we'd be be greeted as liberators in Iraq, that ACORN blew up New Orleans' levees to cover up government corruption and that we should return to segregated buses over what happened in St. Louis. I'm not putting a lot of credibility at their doorstep, is what I'm saying.

While the GOP likes to sell themselves as strong on defense, the continued visitation to the "missile sheild" demonstrates the greatest disconnect between spending money on defense and actually getting devices useful on defense.

First of all, there is the spin and framing of a missile "sheild," which not only intends to mislead the public on what the system is actually designed to do, but intends to mislead them further in regards to the technology's effectiveness.

Second of all, you only have to read so much Sun Tzu before you realize that mobility is a greater asset than immobility. On a related note, you only have to read so much history before you understand that Maginot Lines are ineffective boondoggles that may look really scary and play well with the public at home, but don't do what they are supposed to do when the battle is joined.

Thirdly is "realism" vs "neoconservative fantasy-land" worldviews of international relations. The "neoconservative" view that dominates the world of missile sheild proponents includes spending loads of our public treasure onto foreign soils with the intention of intimidating and isolating rival powers. While this works if we were a highly militarized society, we are, in reality, a primarily peaceful and trading society that generally looks to avoid protracted conflicts with other great powers. In reality, we'd like to work with other great powers towards mutual interests without having to resort to war. The "missile sheild" idea discourages other great powers from working with us and limits the options available to us on any international issue.

And we all know how Americans are currently feeling about their "options."

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